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Republican Joni Ernst poll numbers plunge after voting against Trump's impeachment

Source: Raw Story

Published 2 hours ago on March 7, 2020
By Bob Brigham

Sen. Joni Ernst’s poll numbers have sunk after she voted against convicting President Donald Trump following his impeachment trial.

“According to a new Des Moines Register/Mediacom Iowa Poll, Ernst’s approval rating has slipped from a high point of 57% in February 2019 to 47% today,” the newspaper reported Saturday.

Ernst is facing her first reelection as a senator in 2020 and her seat is widely considered one of the most likely to flip.

“The poll of 800 Iowa adults, which includes 667 likely voters, was conducted by Selzer & Co., March 2-5. The margin of error is plus or minus 3.5 percentage points for Iowa adults and plus or minus 3.8 percentage points for likely voters,” the newspaper reported. “Iowans have been polled 10 times since February 2015 about whether they approve or disapprove of the way Joni Ernst has handled her job as U.S. senator.”

The poll found only 41% of Iowa voters definitely planning to re-elect Ernst.

Read more: https://www.rawstory.com/2020/03/republican-joni-ernst-poll-numbers-plunge-after-voting-against-trumps-impeachment/


That is absolutely amazing that 41% think it is just fine to basically enable treason.............and she thinks it is just fine and dandy to have foreign powers inflict damage in elections.......................

She should be at 0%....................

November 3, 2020 and January 20, 2021 cannot get here fast enough..................

About 30 still trapped after Chinese coronavirus quarantine hotel collapses

Source: Reuters


SHANGHAI (Reuters) - About 30 people remained trapped early on Sunday after a five-storey hotel being used for coronavirus quarantine collapsed in the southeast Chinese port city of Quanzhou, state media said.

About four hours after the collapse, the Quanzhou municipality said 38 of the 70 or so people who had been in the Quanzhou Xinjia Hotel had been rescued.

A video stream posted by the government-backed Beijing News site showed rescue workers in orange overalls clambering over rubble and twisted steelwork carrying people towards ambulances.

The hotel collapsed at about 7:30 p.m. (1130 GMT) on Saturday evening.

“I was at a gas station and heard a loud noise. I looked up and the whole building collapsed. Dust was everywhere, and glass fragments were flying around,” a witness said in a video posted on the Miaopai streaming app.

Read more: https://www.reuters.com/article/us-china-hotel-collapse/about-30-still-trapped-after-chinese-coronavirus-quarantine-hotel-collapses-idUSKBN20U0LW?il=0

AP FACT CHECK: Trump's sunny side up take on coronavirus


WASHINGTON (AP) — As the stock market convulses, airline schedules buckle and businesses worry their overseas supply lines will snap, President Donald Trump is looking on the sunny side of an economy clouded by the coronavirus.

For several weeks he’s played down the consequences of the public health emergency even as his agencies scramble to manage it. Now he’s suggesting that a robust jobs report might be explained in part by the prospect that Americans are hunkering down and focusing more of their spending in their own country. There’s no evidence that the virus has juiced jobs.

Trump’s plentiful and sometimes inaccurate comments on the outbreak this past week prompted the chairman of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., to suggest that Trump and Vice President Mike Pence stand back and “let the experts do the talking.” Trump paid that advice no heed.

A sampling of the past week’s rhetoric on the virus and other matters and how it compares with the facts:


That is a big ship............................

I really despise him and the lackeys that were standing around him and laughing..............there are just no more words to describe this fucking freak show, clown show..............and him violating the Hatch Act with that fucking red hat....................yes he sells that fucking campaign hat and it is a violation of the Hatch Act..............................

Cruise ships taken off course as anti-virus controls widen

an hour ago

BEIJING (AP) — The spreading new virus -- or fears of it -- immobilized cruise ships or left them searching for ports on four continents Saturday as the bug that has infected more than 100,000 people shifted its travel patterns.

Iran declared a “sacred jihad” against the virus after its case numbers spiked anew. Italy shut down its courts, and the Vatican decided to livestream the pope’s Sunday blessing. Cruise ships faced trouble in waters of the United States, Malaysia, Egypt and Malta as those aboard got tested or confined to cabins.

In China, the number of people recovering from COVID-19 mounted. But hopeful signs had not erased the scope of the recent crisis in the country where the new virus emerged late last year.

A hotel used for the medical observation of people who had contact with infected patients collapsed Saturday in southeastern China on Saturday, trapping some 70 people, news reports said. There were no immediate reports of deaths.

At least 23 people were rescued from the wreckage of the Xinjia Express Hotel in Quanzhou, the Communist Party newspaper People’s Daily and other outlets reported.


Charlton reported from Paris. Associated Press writers Colleen Barry in Milan; David Rising in Berlin; Tong-hyung Kim in Seoul, South Korea; Eileen Ng in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia; Samy Magdy in Cairo; Nasser Karimi in Tehran, Iran, and researcher Henry Hou in Beijing contributed to this report.


Follow AP coverage of the virus outbreak at https://apnews.com/VirusOutbreak and https://apnews.com/UnderstandingtheOutbreak


The Associated Press receives support for health and science coverage from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute’s Department of Science Education. The AP is solely responsible for all content.

As virus outbreaks multiply, UN declines to declare pandemic

Source: Associated Press

an hour ago

LONDON (AP) — As cases of the coronavirus surge in Italy, Iran, South Korea, the U.S. and elsewhere, many scientists say it’s plain that the world is in the grips of a pandemic — a serious global outbreak.

The World Health Organization has so far resisted describing the crisis as such, saying the word “pandemic” might spook the world further and lead some countries to lose hope of containing the virus.

“Unless we’re convinced it’s uncontrollable, why (would) we call it a pandemic?” WHO director-general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said this week.

The U.N. health agency has previously described a pandemic as a situation in which a new virus is causing “sustained community-level outbreaks” in at least two world regions.

Read more: https://apnews.com/16cd6173232a01ec04780db3eea4de79

Rick Wilson blows off Trump's latest 'flavor of the week' chief of staff with hilarious takedown

National Nurses United Issues Grave Warning on Coronavirus

Nicole Karlis, Salon
March 7, 2020

As novel coronavirus cases continue to grow in the United States, thousands of unionized nurses say that they find the lack of preparedness among their employers and hospitals alarming — and fear that they may be at risk for COVID-19 as a result.

On Thursday, at a press conference in Oakland, Calif., the National Nurses United (NNU) gave the result of a survey sent out to union members asking if they felt their employers were prepared for the ongoing outbreak. Pulling from recent responses from more than 6,500 nurses in 48 states, NNU said only an estimated 29 percent of nurses reported their employer had a plan in place to isolate a patient with a possible COVID-19 infection. Twenty-three percent said they “didn’t know” if there was a plan in place at their hospital.

While 63 percent of the nurses surveyed said they had access to N95 respirators at their units, many said they haven’t been fitted or trained on how to properly use them.

“The results of our national survey of more than 6,500 nurses is truly disturbing,” Jane Thomason, an industrial hygienist for the union, said on Thursday. “They show that large percentages of the nation’s hospitals are unprepared to safely handle COVID-19.”


'Absolutely chilling': Reports from frontlines of coronavirus outbreak reveal roadblocks to testing,

Published 2 hours ago on March 7, 2020
By Common Dreams

“Recall that this refusal to test fits a pattern: This the same president who railed against attempts to count the dead in Puerto Rico post-Maria… Ignorance is a lethal political tool.”

As President Donald Trump drew harsh rebukes Friday for downplaying the spread of COVID-19 in the U.S., accounts from people on the frontlines of the outbreak that’s affected more than 100,000 people worldwide so far revealed a “chilling” lack of urgency from the U.S. government regarding the need to contain the spread of the respiratory illness.

On Thursday evening, Vice News journalist Julia Lindau returned from reporting on the COVID-19 outbreak in Italy, where more than 4,600 people have tested positive for the illness—only to pass through U.S. Customs without being screened for potentially having come into contact with the virus.

“They didn’t ask me where in Italy I went or if I came into contact with sick people,” tweeted Lindau. “They didn’t ask me anything.”


Trump's new chief of staff brutally burned to the ground by MSNBC's Ali Velshi Published 4 mins ago

Published 4 mins ago on March 7, 2020
By Matthew Chapman

On Saturday, MSNBC anchor Ali Velshi examined President Donald Trump’s decision to replace White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney with Rep. Mark Meadows (R-NC) — blasting Meadows’ unfitness for office, but also blasting Trump for attempting to use the appointment as a distraction.

“The chief of staff used to be a powerful job, perhaps the most powerful job in America after that of the president,” said Velshi. “But Trump has undermined the position through his penchant for weak power structures that revolve around him. The West Wing has largely been purged of anyone who disagrees with the president. The replacement of the third chief of staff is juicy as far as palace intrigue goes — it fulfills our need for drama — but it is not important. Who the chief of staff doesn’t matter anymore. The position no longer wields power.”

“Sure, Mark Meadows is uniquely qualified — or unqualified if you will,” continued Velshi. “He’s a bombastic congressman who made his name as the chair of the Freedom Caucus, who once said that he’d like to send Barack Obama back ‘home to Kenya.’ This should probably bother you some. It demeans the work of those who have come before him and will come after him. But ultimately, it’s a distraction, taking away from the real story.”

“Trump is changing our judicial system, decimating the State Department, making foreign policy deals just to see them fail in short order, stymieing efforts to combat climate change, and putting in place medieval immigration policies,” said Velshi. “Those things should hold our attention, and have us outraged. So when he says ‘look there,’ don’t. Keep focused on the things that matter. Naming Meadows is a minor league attempt at distraction. If Trump was serious about a chief of staff, Meadows probably wouldn’t make the long list, let alone the short list.”


Yep Ali........................the country has another white house racist in a position of power, who also voted to enable treason when he was in the house.....................

Trump's new chief of staff brutally burned to the ground by MSNBC's Ali Velshi

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